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Local Organizations to Benefit from $91,000 in Grants

More than 20 community organizations received more than $91,000 in funding through Williams, the company behind the natural gas pipeline running through Riis Park.

Twice a year, Williams distributes grants to organizations that are in or provide services to the Rockaway area through the Rockaway Community Grant Program. The company has awarded nearly $800,000 since the grant program was first initiated in 2014. This spring, 21 groups have received grants including local emergency services, community, educational and environmental initiatives.

Grants up to $15,000 per organization are awarded to organizations promoting initiatives that support environmental enhancement, education, economic development, emergency services, youth and senior programs.  Community organizations can complete and submit the electronic application found online at www.williams.com/rockawaygrant.

Among the top grantees this year, receiving $10,00 each, are the Roxbury Volunteer Emergency Services, for a RVES Powered Ambulance Cot, and the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, which will use the money to improve its existing emergency communication infrastructure.

“This much-needed grant award will be used to allow us to more effectively coordinate with other volunteer fire departments in New York City,” Daniel Cavanaugh, Chief of the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, said. “Currently, we have limited ability to dispatch and communicate with emergency vehicles over long distances. This grant award is going to be used to improve communications and resolve that issue. We are very grateful for Williams’ support, which is going to help improve the safety of our community.”

The next largest grant, of $9,320, went to the Rockaway-based Volunteer Fireman’s Association of the City of New York for the Fit Test. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department received $7,500 for Hose Replacement. The Far Rockaway Arverne Coalition received $7,200. Grants of $5,000 went to the Rockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services for Operation Water Rescue, and the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search and Rescue Corp., for First Responder Support. The Rockaway Point Association received $4,000 for its Bicycle Safety and Etiquette Program, as well as the Community Center of the Rockaway Peninsula for its Vocational Program.

Five groups received grants of $3,000 including the PFC. John G. McLaughlin Post 8540 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Breezy Point for its Help a Vet program; the Rockaway Youth Task Force for its Community Garden Improvement Project; the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for its GJDC Hospitality Skills Program; the Brooklyn Public Library for the Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) program; the Salt Marsh Alliance of Brooklyn for its Trail Erosion Project; and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy for its Jamaica Bay Kayak Program, Train the Trainer.

The  Rockaway Waterfront Alliance received $2,500 for its Dyslexia Tutoring Program. Four $2,000 grants went to the Rockaway Little League for its Fence Project, the Rockaway Rockies for its Youth Hockey League and the Rockaway Rugby Club for its Rugby Field Project and its Youth Rugby Program. Finally, the Black Surfing Association received $1,000 for Program Support.

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